Hersonissos is one of the most popular tourist resorts in Crete, just 28km east of Heraklion. The main growth driver of the area is the beaches and the calm sea, which is rare in the northern coast of Crete due to regular north winds. The calmer beaches are located west of the port and are protected by Cape Sarandaris. East of the port there are the most popular beaches of the area, about which we discuss here.
The first beach you come across east of the port of Hersonissos is a long sandy narrow beach, which is flooded by thousands of people. It is very well organized and close to the amenities of the city. However, it is inappropriate for those who do not like crowds.
Even further east, there are several adjacent coves with fine sand, which are formed mainly in front of hotels. The Beach of Silva Maris is the most organized of the area with a lifeguard and many facilities. If you head to the east, you will find the sandy beaches of Star beach, which is one of the busiest beaches of Crete. You will hardly see any Greeks here; mostly Brits and Dutch. Next, near Cape Drapanos you will find the beaches of the Eastern Hersonissos, which are much more quiet.